Nokia signs €1.36b cloud, network technology deal with China Mobile

ChinaZDNet —  and China Mobile have announced signing a one-year €1.36 billion (9.927 billion yuan) “frame agreement” for Nokia to provide China’s largest telecommunications carrier with cloud services; mobile, fixed, IP routing, optical transport, and customer experience management technology; as well as operational support and global services during 2016.

Nokia envisions IoT future in Thailand

ThailandBangkok Post — The Internet of Things (IoT) will be the growth engine for Thailand’s mobile industry next year, which could help offset stagnant business revenue, says Nokia Networks.  IoT is the network of physical objects — devices, vehicles, buildings and other items — embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity that enables them to collect and exchange data.

Nokia bags 4G rollout contract from Idea for 3 circles

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia today said it has bagged a contract from Idea Cellular to roll out 4G in three circles and also to expand the infrastructure for 3G and 2G networks. The company did not share the financial details of the deal. According to a statement from Nokia, it will rollout LTE or 4G network of the country’s third-largest mobile operator in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana.

5G could be done long before 2020

APACMIS Asia — 5G is coming faster than most people think, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri says. The next generation of mobile networks will start to get defined “in real terms” by the end of this year, Suri said at a press briefing in Barcelona on Sunday, the eve of Mobile World Congress (MWC). Official estimates say the 5G standard won’t be complete until 2020. Suri thinks there’s too much demand to wait that long.

KT, Nokia complete first field trial of LTE-M

KoreaTelecom Asia — South Korea’s KT and Nokia have conducted the first field trial of LTE-M, a standard for using LTE networks to connect IoT devices. The trial was conducted using only 1.4MHz of a full 20MHz LTE system, using the remainder free for normal LTE network.

Nokia pips Ericsson for Vodafone 4G deal in 3 circles

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia has pipped arch rival Ericsson to secure a three-year 4G network deployment contract from India’s second largest telecom operator Vodafone for three of its most lucrative circles, a person familiar with the matter told ET. He, however, did not share the value of the contract for the three circles-—Mumbai, Kolkata and Punjab.

SK Telecom, Nokia demo 428Mb/s TD-LTE, partner on NB-IoT

KoreaMobile World Live — South Korea’s SK Telecom and Nokia Networks demonstrated that TD-LTE using three-band carrier aggregation combined with 256 QAM-capable devices can boost the peak throughput rate from 110Mb/s to 428Mb/s. A trial in South Korea used a Qualcomm Snapdragon LTE modem and Nokia’s load balancing capabilities across three 20MHz carriers to optimise the 60MHz of spectrum.

25% of smartphones in India 3G-enabled: Survey

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Around 25% devices connected on mobile networks in the country are 3G enabled, out of which, only 45% smartphones are used for the high-speed internet service, showed a study by Nokia Networks. The survey, however, noted that 3G service is witnessing a rapid adoption among users. Growth of 3G subscription in a span of six months surged by 26%, while its penetration in India stands at 24.59%, it said.

Nokia chimes with China on 5G

China.gifMobile World Live — Nokia Networks revealed more about a MoU signed last week with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) to co-operate on 5G development, the first for a foreign vendor. The two firms will work together on the research, standardisation and industrialisation of 5G features such as multi-connectivity and high-speed seamless mobility.

China Mobile inks $1B deal with Nokia

China.gifMobile World Live — China Mobile signed a one-year framework deal with Nokia Networks valued at more than $1 billion (€930 million). The agreement, signed yesterday by China Mobile EVP Li Huidi (pictured, right) and Nokia Networks chairman and EVP Hans-Juergen Bill, covers the supply of TD-LTE equipment, core network gear as well as software and services from Q1 of this year to early 2016.

Nokia to set up a 5G Internet of Things lab in Bengaluru: CEO Rajeev Suri

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Success in India is top of the agenda for Nokia, says Rajeev Suri, president and chief executive of the Finnish communications and information technology company. In his first media interaction after announcing the new leadership and organizational structure for the post-merger Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent entity, Suri tells ET’s Romit Guha and Gulveen Aulakh that India is one of the top five priority markets for Nokia and it will also house a 5G Internet of Things Lab, the fifth such lab globally for the company.

StarHub, Nokia Networks boost 4G experience in Singapore with VoLTE deployment

SingaporeDigital News Asia — SINGAPORE’s StarHub has successfully deployed Nokia Networks technologies as part of its 4G HetNet (Fourth Generation Heterogeneous Network) in Marina Bay, a commercial, residential and entertainment hub in the island-republic. The deployment required the integration of Nokia Networks’ TD-LTE, FDD-LTE and outdoor small cells solutions, Nokia Networks said in a statement.

Alcatel’s strategic undersea cables unit to be swallowed by Nokia

APACChannel News Asia — PARIS: Alcatel-Lucent said on Tuesday it will not sell its undersea cables unit, meaning the strategic business which underpins the global Internet will be taken by Nokia once it completes its acquisition of the Franco-American group. The Finnish firm said in April the 15.6 billion euro (US$17 billion) acquisition of network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent as they aim to better compete with market leader Ericsson and low-cost Chinese powerhouse Huawei .

LTE-boosted aid for emergency services from Nokia Networks

MalaysiaNOKIA Networks said it has enhanced its LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobile broadband portfolio with selected partner products to give first responders and other public safety personnel access to multimedia tools and applications. LTE technology offers high bandwidth and high reliability for disaster-level operational capabilities and information management with low latency, for the fastest connectivity, the company said in a statement.

Facebook, Flipkart, 28 others testify against Google India

IndiaFlipkart, Facebook, Nokia’s maps division, and several other companies have corroborated complaints that the US internet giant abused its dominant market position, in their response to queries raised by the Competition Commission of India. Based on the responses from 30 businesses spanning search, social networks, e-commerce, travel and content sites, the CCI director general last week filed a report that accuses Google of abusing its dominant position to rig search outcomes, both the actual search result as well as sponsored links.

Gear makers Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent tweak India business strategy

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Top telecom equipment vendors in India such as Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei are transforming themselves from their core business of supplying gear to telcos to information and communications technology (ICT)-enablers in multiple sectors to leverage digital transition in a country where mobile penetration has reached the optimal level.

Bharti Airtel Expands Its 3G Networks With Nokia

IndiaLightr Rading — NEW DELHI — Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa , has selected Nokia Networks to roll out its 3G network in 5 new telecom circles and network expansion in 3 existing telecom circles. Under the 4-year contract, the company will provide its radio elements and services expertise to power Bharti Airtel’s infrastructure.

Nokia, SKT open 5G research center

KoreaKorea Times — Nokia, the global leader in telecom equipment, and SK Telecom jointly opened a research center in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Monday. It will use the facilities, located in the new Nokia Korea headquarters, to develop technology focusing on fifth-generation (5G) networks, Nokia Korea said. Nokia has teamed up with SK Telecom, the nation’s top mobile carrier, to operate the center.

Nokia supports China Mobile

China.gifNokia supported China Mobile Shanghai during Auto Shanghai 2015. The company delivered its TD-LTE Advanced HetNet solution to manage the wireless data traffic generated by 1 million visitors who come for the show. Nokia’s Flexi Zone TD-LTE small cells ramped up China Mobile’s network capacity enabling subscribers to experience hassle free mobile broadband during the 10-day event. In addition to ensuring excellent network availability, Flexi Zone TD-LTE small cells succeeded in easy management of wireless data.

Nokia solicits bids for Here maps from Alibaba, Baidu

ChinaFinnish tech company Nokia is selling its maps unit Here and trying to solicit bids from IT giants including Apple, Alibaba and Amazon, reports Sina’s tech news web portal. According to Bloomberg’s sources, Nokia also approached other potential bidders including Chinese leading search engine provider Baidu, the US satellite-radio provider Sirius XM and US audio equipment manufacturer Harman International Industries.

Marriage of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will overhaul market order

APACNokia’s announcement of its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent on April 15 sent shockwaves through the world’s telecom-equipment market, a move promising to overhaul the market order. The marriage of the world’s third and fourth largest telecom-equipment firm will create a new entity ranking second place in terms of revenue, behind Huawei but superseding Ericsson. The top three all boast annual revenue in excess of US$30 billion, leaving ZTE, with revenue less than US$10 billion, far behind.

Vodafone re-signs Nokia to run network from India to Australia

AustraliaVodafone Australia has signed long-term managed services partner Nokia Networks to continue running the telco’s network operations for four more years. Nokia Networks has provided managed services for VHA since 2006. It also supplied the telco with a 3G network in 2004. The contract extension will see Nokia Networks provide remote network management from its global delivery centre in India. The company will also provide service management for Vodafone’s multi-vendor paging, 2G, 3G and 4G+ networks.,vodafone-re-signs-nokia-to-run-network-from-india.aspx

Nokia, DoCoMo aim for 5G ahead of Tokyo Olympics

JapanBARCELONA: Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and Nokia said on Monday they are working together to develop networks running at high frequencies for use in the 5G wireless era — technology expected to be showcased at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. DoCoMo, Japan’s largest mobile operator, and Nokia, the world’s third biggest telecom equipment maker, said they will be demonstrating their early technical progress on 5G radio equipment at the Mobile World Congress show here this week.

Nokia India renews sales agreement with HCL Infosystems

IndiaNEW DELHI: Nokia India, now subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile, has signed a fresh 3-year contract with IT services and product distribution company HCL Infosystems to sell its mobile devices.  ” NISPL, subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile OY, and HCL Infosystems Ltd have signed a contract that will enhance the footprint of Microsoft Mobile devices across the Organized Trade and General Trade channels and rural India,” HCL Infosystems said in a statement.

Nokia N1 component suppliers see limited orders

ChinaAlthough Nokia’s new N1 tablet has strong demand in China, sources from related upstream component suppliers pointed out that they are still seeing weak orders from the vendor and are unlikely to see any major growth in the near future because of seasonal factors. Nokia has recently said that it has shipped 20,000 N1 tablets initially and the second batch of shipments are scheduled to be delivered before mid-February and the company has already received orders for over 560,000 units from consumers.

Nokia Here To Provide Overseas Map Data For Baidu

Chinese search engine company Baidu recently reached an agreement with Nokia to provide map services to Chinese users outside China as Baidu aims to develop international businesses through mobile services. Nokia’s map and navigation business Here announced that it will provide overseas map data to Baidu map, targeting the Chinese outbound tourist market. Here will provide data to Baidu map’s desktop, iOS, and Android editions. The new service will first be available in Taiwan and gradually cover other countries and regions.

Nokia Networks completes Panasonic wireless network business acquisition

Mobile broadband provider Nokia Networks said today that it has completed the acquisition of a part of the wireless network business of Panasonic System Networks (PSN) in Japan. According to a media statement, this acquisition includes the transfer of fixed assets, employees and relevant contracts from Panasonic to Nokia Networks. The agreement also covers Panasonic’s mobile phone wireless base station system business for mobile operators and related wireless equipment system business.

Baidu partners with Nokia’s HERE to power Baidu Maps outside of China

Earlier today Here, the maps service owned by Nokia, announced a partnership with Baidu that will see it power the Chinese search giant’s mapping technology outside of China. According to a release from the Finnish company, Baidu Maps’ first Here-powered market will be Taiwan, with other countries expected to roll out soon. The news marks a minor but noteworthy development as China’s internet giants seek to expand their footprints abroad.

Nokia India staff take to the company’s gates hoping for employment

CHENNAI: Some of the factory workers who used to work at the shuttered Nokia India plant have taken to collecting at the gates amid hope of reemployment after talk gained ground of smartphone maker Lava being interested in taking over the unit.  This follows a tour of the facility by representatives of a Chinese phone maker that’s a contract manufacturer for Lava, said sources inside the factory.

Nokia plans comeback with 2015 tablet launch in China

HELSINKI: Finnish telecom equipment group Nokia announced an unexpected return to mobile devices on Tuesday (Nov 18) with a tablet aimed at the Chinese market. “We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers’ hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple,” Nokia’s head of products Sebastian Nystroem said in a statement.